By James Agberebi:
Manchester United defeated Real Madrid 2-1 on penalties after 90 minutes ended 1-1 in the American leg of the International Champions Cup in California, United States of America on Sunday.
Real Madrid star forward, and former Manchester United player, Cristiano Ronaldo did not feature in the high profile friendly.
Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United the lead late in the first half before Brazilian midfielder Casemiro equalised for Real Madrid from the penalty spot.
United had the game’s first big chance in the seventh minute through Lingard but his shot from the edge of the box was pushed away by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, Gareth Bale sent in a dangerous cross which was cleared by Phil Jones.
Two minutes later Lingard drove a shot which narrowly missed the target.
In the 44th minute Luka Modric sent in a low delivery which Eric Bailly did enough to clear.
United eventually broke the deadlock one minute into first half added time as Lingard tapped into an empty net following a brilliant play by Anthony Martial.
France forward Martial brought the game to life when he cut through the Real defence, beating three defenders with quick feet before setting up Lingard for a tap-in.
In the final seconds of the first half, Karim Benzema thought he had equalised for Real Madrid but his effort was flagged off for offside.
At the start of the second half, the two teams made changes with the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Henrik Mkhitaryan coming on for United, while Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic and Oscar Rodriguez came on for Real Madrid.
With seventeen minutes gone in the second half, United almost doubled their lead but Maroune Fellaini headed over the bar from a corner.
Real Madrid were back on level terms as Casemiro converted a 69th minute penalty after Victor Lindelof fouled Theo Hernandez.
In the 72nd minute De Gea made a superb save to deny Luismi Quezada off a clever free-kick.
After failing to find the winner, the game went straight into penalty shootout with Manchester United emerging victorious, after there were more misses than goals in the farcical shootout.
The win is United’s fourth straight on their US tour after victories over LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Manchester City.
United and Real Madrid teams will face off in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.